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Timothy Peters Makes History by Winning First Valley Star Credit Union 300 Under New LED Lights

Timothy Peters signs autographs during the on-track meet and greet Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway for the 2017 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 under the lights. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ridgeway, VA – Timothy Peters can now call himself the first race winner under the new LED permanent lights at Martinsville Speedway this past Saturday night. Collecting his second Valley Star Credit Union 300 victory holding off late race charges from both Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam.

Peters, a former full-time competitor in the Camping World Truck Series with Red Horse Racing, spent most of the second half of the 200-lap feature battling with Trevor Noles. The two would exchange the lead several times as Noels continued to use the cone to take the outside line on the restarts. Peters put the final nail in the coffin with just about fifteen laps to go. Two former national champions would keep Peters honest, however, in the closing laps mounting a charge for the race lead. There were just not enough laps left on the board. Peters would go on to collect the $25,000 check and famous Grandfather Clock trophy.

Sellers, who discovered an electrical issue on his machine at the lap 175 break, lost second to Pulliam by inches off turn four coming to the checkered. Jake Crum, who started from the pole position and dominated the first 100-laps, wound up in the fourth position after being involved in a caution down in turns three and four. Trevor Noles was able to salvage a fifth-place finish after using the outside groove like a pro in the closing laps.

We caught up with Peters have the race to find out just what this race meant to him and his team.

“It means a lot,” said Peters. “Especially the way the year has been with a little adversity. You just have to stay positive and on top of it. The biggest thing is you just never lose your faith. We come here under the lights and this was special this was history,” Peters said. “Thank you guys [Martinsville Speedway], thank the fans and thank MRN for doing this. There will be multiple winners but there is only going to be one first-time winner, I feel like we made history tonight and what better place to do it than in Barry Nelson, and everyone else at Autos By Nelson backyard.”

It is no secret that Timothy Peters has been on an up and down roller coaster ride since we have all converged on the half-mile paperclip. Peters was involved in a pretty violent wreck coming to the checkered flag then later on the next year had the truck team he was running for shut down mid-season. We asked Peters with all that has happened where does this win rank in his career?

“Winning the race is the icing on the cake,” Peters said. “I love short track racing and I love this race the most out of anything you can think of. When you win at home it’s always special you can ask anybody where they want to win, they want to win at home. They want to win this race. This is very prestigious; it certainly ranks up there with number one. You never get an old feeling of a taste of victory, that’s for sure.”

The finish was Pulliam’s second year in a row finishing in the runner-up position. This coming off on the heels of winning his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National title. Continuing the trend of national champs not being able to win the race.

“Coming home second at this race means a lot to me,” Pulliam said. “I was just talking to Timothy last week and he was congratulating me for winning the nation. I told him I really hope that we can race for this win at Martinsville and for that clock. It is pretty cool to finish one and two. We just didn’t have enough. We struggled all day yesterday our guys changed stuff all day for qualifying. Just fought and clawed all day to get track position. We had about a third-place car and ended up getting second. Just got to give it to the guys, we have had a shot to win this thing every time we come since 2010. Racing under the lights created a whole new element.”

Pulliam went on to comment that at this point in the year you are so tired and worn out from chasing that national title it just makes winning races hard. He also went on to thank all of his guys, Eddie and Travis Kiker with Kiker Tree Services and his family for making everything possible for him this year and this race.

 

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Results

  1. #12 Timothy Peters; 200
  2. #5 Lee Pulliam; 200
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  4. #01 Jake Crum; 200
  5. #2 Trevor Noels; 200
  6. #57A Justin T. Carroll; 200
  7. #27 Tommy Lemons Jr.; 200
  8. #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
  9. #2C Brandon Pierce; 200
  10. #02 CE Falk; 200
  11. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 200
  12. #22D Grayson Cullater; 200
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  14. #2B Myatt Snider; 200
  15. #12A Austin Thaxton; 199
  16. #01A Philip Morris; 198
  17. #2A Dennis Holdren; 198
  18. #4 Annabeth Crum; 192
  19. #15 Kres VanDyke; 188
  20. #57 Eddie Johnson; 179
  21. #24 Mason Diaz; 176
  22. #12B Nick Smith; 171
  23. #88 Josh Berry; 155
  24. #92 Casey Wyatt; 154
  25. #17C Bruan Reedy; 154
  26. #77 Trevor Ward; 153
  27. #8 Thomas Scott; 144
  28. #87 Mike Looney; 122
  29. #16 RD Smith; 122
  30. #4A Timmy Phipps; 113
  31. #21A Travis Swaim; 80
  32. #22 Bobby McCarty; 78
  33. #2D Matt Leicht; 72
  34. #18A Jason York; 61
  35. #50 Jamey Caudill; 57
  36. #77D Blake Stallings; 55
  37. #14 Ryan Repko; 38
  38. #22C Scott Lancaster; 32
  39. #26C Danny Edwards Jr.; 24
  40. #21 Mike Darne; 14
  41. #44 Justin Johnson; 9
  42. #12C Ryan Wilson; 4

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Staff Picks & Schedule: Who Should You Be Watching?

Lee Pulliam

Pulliam, looking for his fourth national title, after dominating at tracks that did not follow suit with the SPEC motor that some Virginia tracks opted to allow. Martinsville is one of the hold outs for the motor so Pulliam might have an edge in the motor game and won’t have to swap in a different motor.

 

Timothy Peters

After the sudden closing of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team the Danville, VA driver wasted no time coming back to the late model scene. With trips to multiple tracks in the region to get back up to speed Peters will be ready to get his first grandfather clock.

 

Bobby McCarty

With a sixth-place finish in the first leg of the triple crown at South Boston and a win in his first trip to Langley Speedway for the second leg Bobby McCarty has set himself up well for a strong run at the Virginia Triple Crown title and a win at Martinsville Speedway.

 

Josh Berry

A fan favorite in the region and always a strong competitor will be another driver hungry for the checkers and grandfather clock. Sitting just four points out of first place in the CARS Tour Berry can continue a great season with a win in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

 

 

Ryan Repko

Qualifying third in his Martinsville debut and put on a racing clinic in his heat race, opening up almost an entire straightaway lead. He would ultimately finish the 25-lap heat race in the fifth position and transfer to the feature. Working to pass cars and save tires, Repko eventually ran into issues that took him out of contention. With another year of Late Models under his belt we think you should keep a close eye on this driver under the lights.

 

Tommy Lemons Jr:

The two time ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner can never be counted out at the biggest late model race in the country. Tommy knows what it takes to wheel it around the paperclip and will be in position by the end to try and get his third grandfather clock.

 

Kres VanDyke:

With a forty starts this season, VanDyke was able to collect twenty-five wins, the most of any drivers in the top fifty in the nation. Thirty-four top fives, thirty-eight top ten finishes along with the Tennessee state champion. VanDyke has run well in previous ValleyStar Credit Union and proved he was quick during the Thursday night test.

 

Dark Horse

Brenden Queen – After a track championship in 2016 at East Carolina Motor Speedway Butterbean finished with a solid 5th place in points at Langley, finished second in the Hampton Heat, and finished fourth in the W.O. Grubbs 150 at Dominion. Riding that momentum can set this driver up for a huge win at Martinsville.

Nick Smith – After dominating the 2016 season at Dominion Raceway and winning the track championship, Nick Smith returned to his home track of Langley Speedway this season and earned two wins after dealing with more bad luck than anyone can shake a stick at. Smith had an incredible run earlier in the season at South Boston Speedway and followed that up with top-five finish during the Hampton Heat, proving to everyone the Hampton, VA driver knows how to be there at the end of a long race.

 

 

 

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Schedule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Campground opens

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

9:00 AM                               Ticket Office Opens

10:00 AM                             Haulers Enter

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM              Registration

10:00 AM                             Garage Opens

2:30 PM                                Inspection

4:00 PM                                Fan Gates Open

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM                 Practice

8:00 PM                                Pole Qualifying

9:00 PM                                Ticket Office Closes

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

11:00 AM                             Registration and Ticket Office Opens

12:00 PM                              Garage Opens

1:30 PM                                Drivers’ Meeting (Media Center)

2:00 PM                                Fan Gates Open

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM                Autograph Session on the Frontstretch

4:00 PM                                Qualifying Races (4 x 25 Laps)

8:00 PM                                Feature Race (200 Laps)

VallyStar Credit Union 300 Review: Lemons Grabs Emotional Grandfather Clock

Front StretchAnother year and another action packed race at “The Paperclip.” Certainly one of the races every year that never disappoints! 80 of the best Late Model Stock Car teams converged on the seemingly flat half-mile track located in Ridgeway, Virginia all looking for two things; 1) a $27,000 payday and 2) the legendary grandfather clock. In a field stacked with more talent than any one person could shake a stick at Tommy Lemons, Jr. found a way to take both of those back home with him.

“Our season hasn’t been what we wanted but the win at Caraway back in July, that meant a ton to me. Rusty meant a lot to me and I think a lot of his family. To win here, it’s a pretty special year,” Lemons said after the race. “I said it a couple times tonight, you know.  When I get to hang my helmet up and my driving shoes, I get to say I’m a two time Martinsville winner.  Not a lot of people can say that.”

Besides a few technical glitches and hardware failures, and lets be honest here, when you’re messing with computers and electronic systems, things are bound to break at some point. That point just happened to be during the Mid-Atlantics most prestigious Late Model Stock race of the season. As many of you know Saturday was plagued with scoring issues, well the issue really was the lack of scoring rather. A broken wire in the scoring loop at the start/finish line, unfortunately, caused this. The wire was damaged when the track installed the new SAFER walls down the entire inside and outside walls of the track. I can tell you folks from personal experience, these wires are actually pretty small and easy to damage.

With the drivers in mind, and even talking with the drivers the track decided to keep everything rolling Saturday to allow teams maximum time on the track. When it came down to qualify they decided to stick with the five cars, five lap group qualifying. 10 officials (so if you think about it really, two officials per car) took to the stopwatches to set the 80+ car field and determine the starting line up for the heat races.

Well, when it rains it sure does pour doesn’t it? After getting someone to the track over night to fix the scoring loop we all thought we were in the clear and ready for some intense racing. Well, we sure did get the intense side-by-side action in the heat races, but what we also got were more computer issues. A computer that is located in the scoring tower that controls the infield scoreboard had crashed leaving fans, crew members, and members of the media in the dark for some time. I do have to give it to NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway for fighting through all the issues that kept coming up.

The race in its self however was nothing less than edge of the seat exciting, well if I am speaking for myself. You had your typical front-runners, just cruising till the breaks, yes I said breaks. After some calculations done by multiple teams they realized that they were not going to make it to the advertised lap 150 break, citing fuel was the issue (word I am getting was the teams were not allowed to hardly touch the car after the heat races let alone add fuel). NASCAR evaluated the situation and called for a competition caution at lap 100 for FUEL ONLY! Some teams ignored that call and were sent to the rear of the field on the restart because of it.

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Peters Masters Denny Hamlin Showdown In Wild Finish

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South Boston, VA – So I waited around on purpose to write this story on our trip to the 2015 Denny Hamlin Short Short Track Showdown. Waiting to see if NASCAR would make a statement or access any penalties to teams/drivers after what happened well after the checkered flag. With Tuesday is usually penalty day in our sport, but I have not seen any so the show must go on.

For the second year in a row the star-studded race was held at one of America’s premier short track on the east coast if not in the country, South Boston Speedway. Just over 40 Late Model drivers took the trip for the 8th annual charity race raising money for cystic fibrosis. Charity race or not, this was no walk in the park boy let me tell ya what!

Throughout the heat of the day William Byron – coming off of a K&N Pro Series East win at Greenville Pickens – kept his #91 Liberty University machine at the top of the speed charts beating out names like Denny Hamlin, Timothy Peters, Lee Pulliam! Not saying those names were not fast in practice, every one of those drivers posted a time at least in the top ten between first and second practice.

Byron was able to carry some of that speed over during the euro style qualifying session has he posted the third fastest time behind the likes of Timothy Peters (15.752 – 91.417 MPH) and Denny Hamlin. Josh Berry & Peyton Sellers would round out the most meaningless top five ever as the heat races were what set your starting position for the feature. I know I’m just the little guy here but I feel the front two positions, if you are going to run qualifying races, should be locked in on time, they deserve it! Peters, Sellers and Thaxton (all SoBo regulars if I may point out) won their heat races, which granted them the right to the top three starting positions. William Byron would start ninth while Josh Berry rolled off thirty-third, after running into issues with Lee Pulliam in their heat race.

It did not take long for things to heat up on the track, shoot things got pretty wild in the heat races to set the feature. What do you expect though when you have some of the best driver on the east coast, all going after $10,000 and a trophy presented to you by Denny Hamlin… I would expect things to get pretty crazy.

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